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Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this Army publication draws on lessons from the field, educational and leadership research, and applicable Army regulations and doctrine to provide you with state-of-the-art guidance on designing and implementing your own program of self-development.

There are three types of self-development:

• Structured Self-Development: Required learning that continues throughout your career and that is closely linked to and synchronized with classroom and on-the-job learning.

• Guided Self-Development: Recommended but optional learning that will help keep you prepared for changing technical, functional, and leadership responsibilities throughout your career.

• Personal Self-Development: Self-initiated learning where you define the objective, pace, and process.

The contents of this handbook will help you perform all three types of self-development. If you are pursuing personal self-development, this handbook offers exercises and information you can use to determine your self-development direction and start immediately working toward it. If you already have a direction for your self-development, the handbook will help you achieve progress in that direction.
Wherever you find yourself in the journey for professional growth, this handbook is organized to assist with:

• Recognizing strengths and weaknesses (What are you good and not so good at?)

• Setting or confirming self-development direction (Where should you go?)

• Making the most of learning opportunities (How do you learn?)

• Measuring progress and continuing to move forward (How well are you doing?)

CONTENTS * IDENTIFY YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES * Collect Information From Formal Assessments * Gather Feedback From Others * Exercise: Watch How Others Act Toward You * Asking for Feedback * Perform a Self-Exam * Exercise: Do a Situation Analysis * Exercise: Do a Self-Analysis * Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses * WHERE SHOULD I GO? * Gather Information to Decide Where You Should Go * Roles and Responsibilities * Exercise: Analyze Your Roles and Responsibilities * Needs of the Army * Exercise: Consider the Needs of the Army * Set Your Self-Development Direction * Plan Milestones to Keep You on Track * Exercise: Plan to Meet Your Milestone * HOW DO I LEARN? * Be Motivated and Persistent * Make the Most of Learning Opportunities * Use Effective Learning Methods * General Learning Principles * Principles for Specific Types of Learning * Practice Deep Processing * Learn Effectively From Written Materials * Expanding Your Reading * Journal Your Learning * HOW DO I MOVE FORWARD? * Let Your Milestones Guide You * Overcome Self-Development Roadblocks * Internal Roadblocks * External Roadblocks * Work Efficiently * Maintain Forward Momentum * Assess Your Progress * Make Course Corrections * Set Your Next Milestone * Exercise: Set Your Next Milestone * Self-Development Throughout Your Career

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